Definition of tackle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtækl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtækl//
    Soccer, Rugby, American football
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  1. 1[countable] an act of trying to take the ball from an opponent in football (soccer ), etc.; an act of knocking an opponent to the ground in rugby or American football He was booked for a late tackle on Torres. He brought the burglar down with a flying tackle. See related entries: Soccer, Rugby, American football
  2. 2[countable] (North American English) (in American football) a player whose job is to stop opponents by knocking them to the ground See related entries: American football
  3. 3[uncountable] the equipment used to do a particular sport or activity, especially fishing see also block and tackle
  4. 4[uncountable] (British English, slang) a man’s sexual organs
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting equipment for a specific task): probably from Middle Low German takel, from taken ‘lay hold of’. Early senses of the verb (late Middle English) described the provision and handling of a ship's equipment.Extra examples He bruised his arm making a tackle against the Browns. He was booked for a tackle from behind on Morris. I managed to get in a sliding tackle, but he scored anyway. Only a last-ditch tackle by Song prevented Raul from scoring. She lost the ball in a tackle. Their captain was sent off for a high tackle on Cooper. a crunching tackle from her opponent He owns a gun and tackle shop in the village. We’ll need some ropes and climbing tackle. You can hire bait and fishing tackle from the outdoor centre.
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